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The Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) invites recent PhD graduates to submit their dissertations for consideration for its 2015 PhD Dissertation Award. AGAPS wishes to recognize exceptional achievement in research and writing. AGAPS welcomes dissertations from across the disciplines and a variety of perspectives. They must primarily focus on the Arabian Peninsula, but can be inclusive of the transnational flows of people, material and ideas across the Gulf, Red Sea, and Indian Ocean. Entries will be read by a multi-disciplinary three-member committee. PhD dissertations (in English) accepted for the degree of PhD between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 are eligible. The author of the winning dissertation will be presented with a certificate at the AGAPS Business Meeting held during the next annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference 21–24 November 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The winning dissertation will be announced in the Journal of Arabian Studies (JAS). The author will be invited to publish an article based on his/her dissertation in JAS. All applicants must be members of AGAPS at the time of submission. The deadline for submission is 31 August 2015 (Note the extended deadline).

Required materials include:

  • Brief Application Form (obtain from Reem Alissa)
  • Verification of Degree Completion
  • Letter of Nomination (by author’s adviser or sponsor)
  • An Abstract (250 words)
  • The Manuscript (digital copy)

All materials should be sent to: Reem Alissa at alissa [dot] reem [at] gmail [dot] com, cc to Gwenn Okruhlik at okruhlik [at] msn [dot] com. (Early submissions are appreciated)